In conversation with Mr Lionel Jospin [fr]
On the occasion of his visit to Australia, Mr Lionel Jospin will be delivering a series of conferences in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. In his lectures, Mr Lionel Jospin will draw on the key themes and arguments presented in his latest book Le Mal napoléonien (Editions du Seuil, 2014).
A progressive social thinker and advocate, Lionel Jospin is one of the most respected figures in French and European political life. Among his 21 years in politics, his five years as Prime Minister (1997-2002) are widely viewed as a decisive period for economic growth and social peace. Perhaps best known for implementing the 35-hour working week in France, the Jospin government also paved the way for the French adoption of the euro, provided universal health insurance for those on the lowest incomes, promoted the representation of women in politics, expanded the social security system, and introduced civil partnerships between two people, including same-sex couples. Other progressive reforms included improvements to social benefits, increases in the minimum wage and expansions to healthcare and education. Upon losing the first round of presidential elections in 2002, Lionel Jospin retired from active politics. But not from public life: since his retirement he has authored a number of books and publications.
Further details about the conferences:
Title: “From the Napoleonic Venture to the Current European Malaise” / « De l’aventure napoléonienne au malaise européen actuel »
Thursday 4 December 2014 – 9:30am - 10:30am, at the Annual ASFS Conference, in French. Registration
Thursday 4 December 2014 – 5:30pm - 7pm, at the Tom Nairn Lecture, in English. Registration
Monday 8 December 2014 – 6:15pm - 7:30pm, Australian National University, in English. Registration
Thursday 11 December 2014 – 6pm - 8pm, Alliance française in Sydney, in French. Registration